Delegates at the ongoing SADC Distance Learning Conference in Livingstone, Zambia have shared experiences on how they can promote and raise awareness on the learning mode in their respective countries.
First to share experiences and present a proposed action plan for the year 2012-2013, was the Zimbabwe delegation member, Mr. Elkanah Dube who said a lot of people in SADC countries are not aware that most prominent figures in their nations studied through ODL programme.
Mr. Dube said the need to promote ODL goes beyond raising awareness to increasing appreciation of the programme as an acceptable mode of study.
â€œMost of people are not even aware that the bulk of our prominent people studied through ODL,â€ said Mr Dube.
The Zambian delegation said their experiences are bent on trying to come with an action plan at a period when the country has had a change of government with the bigger challenge centering on how the new authorities perceive ODL.
Expressing the need to increase interest in using the ODL mode of study, Mr. Salum Mujagida, leader of the Tanzanian delegation pointed out that they will seek to conduct awareness campaigns in their country with major stakeholders in ODL being targeted.
â€œWe seek to conduct awareness workshops on ODL benefits and opportunities to different stakeholders,â€ Mr. Mujagida said.
The four-day ODL Conference seeks to come up with an integrated regional programme to promote and increase awareness in the SADC region as the bloc moves towards facilitating information sharing among member states.